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LG allows others to use its open source software management tool

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LG Electronics Inc. on Thursday said its open source software management tool is now available to outside developers as the South Korean tech giant eyes to bolster its presence in the software community.

LG said the FOSSLight (Free and Open Source Software Light) system, which it has been using since 2014, can now be downloaded for free at its website.

Open source software is distributed with its original source code and allows programmers to freely use or modify work. But at the same time, programmers must follow license regulations for each open source.

LG's FOSSLight is a system than can check the open source compliance process. It can analyze a developer's software to verify whether it has followed license conditions and meets security requirements.

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LG opens open-source licence compliance tool source

  • LG opens open-source licence compliance tool source

    Korean mega-corp LG has open-sourced the in-house toolbox it uses identify and manage open-source software licences within its own business.

    Known as FOSSlight, the suite helps users to ensure they are using code as permitted by its licence, looks out for known vulnerabilities in free and open-source software (FOSS) so that developers address those holes, and can also check FOSS libraries and projects offered by third parties.

    The software thus creates a workflow for checking compliance.

    The FOSSlight GitHub repo includes the FOSSlight Source scanner, which as the name implies scans code and detects wording related to copyright and licences. Whatever the scanner finds is added to spreadsheet files developers and their managers can use to audit their projects for compliance.

    There’s also the FOSSLight Dependency Scanner that reviews your code and reports any open-source dependencies you need to know about. The Dependency Scanner works with the Gradle, Maven, npm, Pip, Pub, and Cocoapods package managers, so covers Java, Node.js, Python, Dart, and Swift.

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